The New School of Furniture Making is run from our workshop at Sugarhouse Studios, just a minutes walk from Bermondsey tube station. The tutors are all professional furniture makers who share the workshop and collaborate on commissions as well as teaching our courses.
Set up initially to teach a few friends who were keen to learn woodworking skills, word spread and the school and projects evolved to accommodate a range of skill levels and interests. The atmosphere is fun and creative and groups are small to allow for most contact with the tutor. Courses are project based, and each student takes home a finished piece of furniture.
As well as running the school, Emma has her own practice as a designer and maker at www.emmaleslie.co.uk. She studied Fine Woodwork at the Building Crafts college where she was awarded a medal of excellence from City and Guilds. She has since been awarded the annual Livery Company Prize from the Carpenters Company, is a national winner of the Carpenters Craft Competition and winner of the Wood Awards' Peoples Prize. Emma has previously taught furniture making at the Building Crafts College and London Metropolitan University and as well as running workshops at The Design Museum and The Institute of Making.
Before training as a furniture maker, Emma's background was in fine art and film making.
Carolin Reichert is the founder and maker behind Form + Function Design. She graduated, with distinction, from the Building Crafts College, London, with a Fine Woodworking & Furniture Making degree. In the same year, she was awarded the annual Livery Company Prize from the Carpenters Company. Before turning to woodworking, Carolin's background was in art and photography and she graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
Matt joined us from Fine Woodwork course at the Building Crafts College. He works as a maker as well as teaching at London Metropolitan University and The Building Crafts College.